Your Letter Writing Campaign Paid Off: Xenoblade: Chronicles Is Coming to America [UPDATED]

Posted by Alex (2198 posts) -

UPDATE: While it may go without saying, we checked in with Nintendo about whether Xenoblade: Chronicles would come here featuring the same translation that accompanied the European version.

"The game will be based on the version that launched in Europe," said the company in a statement.

That leaves some wiggle room for some changes, but don't expect any drastic differences.

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Finally, after months of fan petitions, angry emails, and at least one article outright endorsing hacking the Wii for the sake of just getting to play one single, measly video game, Nintendo has finally thrown its hands up in prostration and acquiesced to the demands of its fans: Xenoblade: Chronicles will, in fact, be coming to North America.

Get ready to finally don this sweet techno vest and slay some stuff in 2012.

The release was announced officially via Nintendo's Facebook page, initially teased with a few images of the Japanese role-playing game's central characters, followed by an actual, honest-to-god announcement of an April, 2012 release date. Earlier rumors of the game being a GameStop exclusive have yet to be confirmed, but one way or another, Xenoblade is headed to the States.

This marks at least a partial end to the Operation Rainfall saga. Rainfall, for those unaware, is a dedicated group of Wii owners bent on bringing Xenoblade, alongside RPGs The Last Story and Pandora's Tower, to North American consoles. However, Xenoblade always seemed to be the top priority here, with numerous intense pleas for an official North American release seemingly falling on deaf ears at Nintendo.

Nintendo's reluctance to bring these titles out in America was never anything short of baffling. Given the exceedingly paltry Wii lineup this year, an extra critically-acclaimed RPG or two might have helped pad the coffers a bit, especially given that Xenoblade had already been localized for the English language upon its release in Europe, thus negating those extra costs.

Bizarre timing aside, at least Wii owners can rest easy knowing that once they finish Skyward Sword, they now have at least one more excuse to keep their Wii plugged into their TV for the next four months, before eventually retiring the thing to the plastic storage container that contains all their other discarded consoles of yesteryear. Sort of like a retirement home for consoles, really, except with more tangled wires and less of that old people diaper smell.

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#1 Posted by Alex (2198 posts) -

UPDATE: While it may go without saying, we checked in with Nintendo about whether Xenoblade: Chronicles would come here featuring the same translation that accompanied the European version.

"The game will be based on the version that launched in Europe," said the company in a statement.

That leaves some wiggle room for some changes, but don't expect any drastic differences.

--

Finally, after months of fan petitions, angry emails, and at least one article outright endorsing hacking the Wii for the sake of just getting to play one single, measly video game, Nintendo has finally thrown its hands up in prostration and acquiesced to the demands of its fans: Xenoblade: Chronicles will, in fact, be coming to North America.

Get ready to finally don this sweet techno vest and slay some stuff in 2012.

The release was announced officially via Nintendo's Facebook page, initially teased with a few images of the Japanese role-playing game's central characters, followed by an actual, honest-to-god announcement of an April, 2012 release date. Earlier rumors of the game being a GameStop exclusive have yet to be confirmed, but one way or another, Xenoblade is headed to the States.

This marks at least a partial end to the Operation Rainfall saga. Rainfall, for those unaware, is a dedicated group of Wii owners bent on bringing Xenoblade, alongside RPGs The Last Story and Pandora's Tower, to North American consoles. However, Xenoblade always seemed to be the top priority here, with numerous intense pleas for an official North American release seemingly falling on deaf ears at Nintendo.

Nintendo's reluctance to bring these titles out in America was never anything short of baffling. Given the exceedingly paltry Wii lineup this year, an extra critically-acclaimed RPG or two might have helped pad the coffers a bit, especially given that Xenoblade had already been localized for the English language upon its release in Europe, thus negating those extra costs.

Bizarre timing aside, at least Wii owners can rest easy knowing that once they finish Skyward Sword, they now have at least one more excuse to keep their Wii plugged into their TV for the next four months, before eventually retiring the thing to the plastic storage container that contains all their other discarded consoles of yesteryear. Sort of like a retirement home for consoles, really, except with more tangled wires and less of that old people diaper smell.

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#2 Edited by Amphetama (35 posts) -

Awesome, now just bring out The Last Story and put a bullet in that thing.

#3 Posted by Slab64 (1056 posts) -

Well this is a piece of good news

#4 Posted by Loomies (36 posts) -

I hope this game doesn't disappoint after how much clamoring there was for it

#5 Posted by Vexxan (4623 posts) -

Yay America!

#6 Posted by MisterMouse (3554 posts) -

SURPRISE SURPRISE!

#7 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11126 posts) -

Neat-o.

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#8 Posted by Brendan (7817 posts) -

I wonder if Nintendo was always going to wait to release the game (along with other RPG's) until the Wii's final year to keep it going in North America. Strategic planning and all that.

#9 Posted by Sogeman (872 posts) -

I hope this doesn't sell at all to show them to not listen to people.

Unless Capcom is reading this, then this is appropriate: Fucking release Miles Edgeworth 2 and other Phoenix Wright game in the west already!!!

#10 Posted by Eribuster (494 posts) -

Don't put a bullet in the Wii.

Well, unless you're planning on getting a Wii U immediately.

Hurray for this game getting a North American release! I didn't import a copy and hack my Wii so I will be picking this up. I've heard great things about this game and the playthroughs Kevin Van Ord has done on the game makes it look fun.

#11 Posted by Big_Mex (61 posts) -

Damn with this and skyward sword I might have to get me a wii again.

#12 Posted by Woowookins (41 posts) -

Aqui-... Acque-... Acqua-... Aqua-BarbieGirl... Acquiesced...wha? O.o

#13 Posted by Dalai (7033 posts) -

And Zelda was the Wii's swan song. Nuts to that here in America!

Now announce the localization of The Last Story and we're set until the Wii U.

#14 Edited by SaturdayNightSpecials (2390 posts) -

This game seems like my kind of JRPG, so I'm happy I'll get a chance to play it without doing nefarious things to my Wii.

But no surprise, I knew this would happen after it came out in Europe.

#15 Posted by Cornman89 (1579 posts) -

Already played it (legally) on Dolphin. Still, this is good.

#16 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -

And then no one buys it because everyone imported it from Europe.

#17 Posted by Kingloo (85 posts) -

Nintendo cynically held this back because they have bugger-all else for next year.

#18 Posted by melodiousj (452 posts) -

I didn't think it was gonna happen, but man am I happy to be wrong about that!

#19 Posted by Marz (5654 posts) -

I've played alot of it, people will be pleasantly surprised, i think it's one of the better JRPG's released in the past few years.

#20 Posted by DonChipotle (2768 posts) -

And yet I don't care. Good news for those that are way into it I guess.

#21 Posted by katelyngadd (67 posts) -

I really hope they don't replace the awesome British voice acting with new recordings by American actors. It was so refreshing to hear voices that didn't sound anything like the five or six overused actors we hear in every video game (even if I really do think Nolan North and Liam O'Brien are both great voice actors).

#22 Posted by Overbite (203 posts) -

Too bad that everyone who was interested in it already bough the euro version.

#23 Posted by AwesomeAquaman (164 posts) -

Does this game have any ties to the Xenogears/Xenosaga story? Will it still be only on Wii?

#24 Posted by Alex_Carrillo (281 posts) -

Wait, that shit worked?

Now let's get Mother 3 translated and put up on the Wiiware/eShop, gang!

#25 Posted by InfiniteGeass (2054 posts) -

I might actually have to turn on my Wii again!

#26 Posted by xbob42 (517 posts) -

@kevingadd said:

I really hope they don't replace the awesome British voice acting with new recordings by American actors. It was so refreshing to hear voices that didn't sound anything like the five or six overused actors we hear in every video game (even if I really do think Nolan North and Liam O'Brien are both great voice actors).

I hope they replace the HORRENDOUS British voices with GOOD British voices. The voice acting in the game is god-awful. Not because it's British, but because it sounds like they rounded up a few tramps off the street and recorded them using tin-can microphones.

#27 Posted by kishinfoulux (2347 posts) -

Really don't think the petitions or Operation Rainfall had anything to do with this. They were probably always going to release it.

#28 Posted by bretthancock (778 posts) -

That wasn't so hard was it Nintendo? Thank you though.

#29 Posted by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

For Murika!

#30 Posted by katsu044 (178 posts) -

As one of the few who knew of it but didn't have the time to import it with all the games coming out i can honestly say i can wait a few more months to play it when it gets released in NA,if only this worked for the tales games..

#31 Posted by PurplePartyRobot (179 posts) -

Finally! Nintendo, you guys are a bunch-a jokers!

#32 Posted by NellyK (78 posts) -

Sweet. I hear it's a cool game. Glad the squeaky wheel finally got the grease. Like Alex mentioned, one more title after Skyward Sword to play before boxing up the Wii.

#33 Posted by MormonWarrior (2595 posts) -

I actually keep all my old people diapers in the same box as my Wii...

What?

#34 Posted by paulunga (2029 posts) -

Now let's see it sell like shit because JRPGs don't really have market anymore. And this isn't a particularly good one either.

#35 Posted by demonknightinuyasha (467 posts) -

@AwesomeAquaman: Nope, the only ties to those games are the dudes that made it. Story wise, nothing to do with each other (not even in the same universe or whatnot)

I never got around to getting the European version, so this is good news for me, though I think I'd rather have gotten the Last Story. Hopefully they bring it over too.

#36 Posted by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -

1) This will sell like shit
2) It would have been released regardless of this petitioning nonsense.

#37 Posted by falling_fast (2234 posts) -

I love the article subtitle thing... whatever those are called.

#38 Edited by falling_fast (2234 posts) -

@paulunga said:

Now let's see it sell like shit because JRPGs don't really have market anymore. And this isn't a particularly good one either.

it'll probably sell better than the mountains of shovelware that they've been putting out, though.

#39 Posted by dagas (2840 posts) -

@paulunga said:

Now let's see it sell like shit because JRPGs don't really have market anymore. And this isn't a particularly good one either.

yeah because 93.82% on gamerankins means it's shit right?

Not everyone is going to like it, but a game that reviews higher than Oblivion, Call of Duty 4, GTA3 and Bioshock has to be considered a good game even if you personally don't care for it.

#40 Posted by alternate (2711 posts) -

Now watch as nobody actually buys it.

#41 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5833 posts) -

Fuck yes.
 
I wasn't sure if I getting a Wii was worth it even for Skyward Sword, but now I'm sure I want one. :D

#42 Edited by l3illyl3ob (283 posts) -

Xenoblade lives up to the hype. I honestly think that it's so polished, so well made and thoughtfully executed that, with the right marketing push, it could stand toe-to-toe with the biggest Square-Enix releases and reinvigorate the JRPG genre in North America in a way that it hasn't been since the first half of the PS2's lifespan. Nintendo wont give it this marketing push and will drop it in almost silently at the end of a dying console's lifespan, but at least we're finally getting it.

edit: Ahahaha, just watched the official NA trailer. Who gave the interns the editing software? What a mess.

#43 Edited by 9999dmg (132 posts) -

Funny, I just picked this up. Seems really fun so far, I dig the voice acting, everyone sounds like Jude Law.

#44 Posted by wrathofconn (1463 posts) -

"That leaves some wiggle room for some changes, but don't expect any drastic differences."

More like 'waggle room', am I right guys?

#45 Edited by Draxyle (1860 posts) -

It's about time. As someone who has completed his import, Xenoblade is easily the best game on the Wii.

Now, it's not a perfect game by any means, some of the sidequest stuff is just nauseating, voice acting and dialogue could be a little better, and it's got a couple annoying JRPG tropes, but it is an extremely well made, very fun game that's arguably better than anything SE or Namco have released in the last ten years. The sense of exploration and the world itself are the best parts of it for certain.

If you own a Wii, you absolutely must buy this game. No doubt about it. I might buy a second copy when it's released.

Edit: Looking forward to the quicklook!

#46 Posted by MeatSim (10870 posts) -

Since it's based on the European version that means your getting lot's of British accents then.

#47 Posted by HydraHam (1338 posts) -

Well there goes what little social life i had.

#48 Posted by Flappy (2272 posts) -

I'm sure this is the best Friday ever for some people out there. Me, on the other hand? Not so much. In any case, good call, Nintendo.

#49 Posted by HydraHam (1338 posts) -

@Ventilaator said:

1) This will sell like shit 2) It would have been released regardless of this petitioning nonsense.

Nintendo said it isn't coming, operation rainfall hits, tons of GIANT petitions happened and now it is.

You're right it had 0 influence /shrug

Am i saying it's the sole reason of bringing it? no, did it further move along the process and show nintendo that it will make some money here? yes, the petition DID do it's job, it got nintendos attention and showed them that it can make some money here. That being said if they originally were going to port it over here they would of shipped it along side the euro release, it's not like they have to do any extra stuff to it, just burn the games onto our region dvds and print some labels without the pegi shit.

#50 Posted by Milkman (16838 posts) -

At the risk of being destroyed by the internet, what exactly is the big deal about this game?

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